About Suigetsukan Dojo and Toyama Ryu (Sword Art)

Videos of the Founder and Sensi

Nakamura Taizaburo

Obata Toshishiro

Mike Esmailzadeh


The Shomen is a shine that is in the front of a Dojo.  It symbolizes the linage of that Dojo, and recognizes the sacrifices people have made to that art alive.  Here is a picture of Suigetsukan’s Shomen.


Taken on a Canon SX40.


Photo Essays



This photo essay shows some of the beginning level students at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland, CA.

Fei Chang, Francis DeCosta

Taken on a Canon SX40.


This photo essay shows the lineage of Toyama Ryu Battodo.  Starting with images with the founder Nakamura Taizaburo, and his student Obata Toshishiro.  After this are images of Mike Esmailzadeh the head of Suigetsukan, then Tim Smith and Nathaniel Nelson who some of the advanced students.

Nakamura Taizaburo

Taizaburo, Nakamura. Spirit of the Sword. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.


Obata Toshishiro

Digital image. Sinkendo. N.p., Sept. 2005. Web.


Mike Esmailzadeh, Tim Smith, Nathaniel Nelson

Taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3.


Tameshigiri is the target cutting forms in Tayama Ryu Battodo.  Here is a video to show it in action,


Iaito Forms


Here are some Iaito Forms from Toyama Ryu.




A Bokken is a training sword made of wood.  You use a Bokken when training two person attacking and blocking exercises.





Here are some pictures of some swords.


Taken on a Canon SX40.swordsword-hilt


Helpful Links


Oakland Dojo Suigetsukan


Southern California Dojo


Terms and descriptions of Toyama Ryu


History of Toyama Ryu


Dojo Locator


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